Public Art & Music

Public Art Along the Trail

There are numerous places to see public art along the Centennial Trail. At the northern most trailhead there is a Site Story Barn Quilt interpreting the history of land use at the Nakashima Farm. The piece is dedicated to the memory and life of the Nakashima Family who settled at the farm and were later interned during WWII.

South of Nakashima Farm is Haller Park. From there you access the trail by the trestle bridge. Just a few hundred yards north you will see “Resilience” designed by local Machias sculptor Joe Powers. The stainless steel arch portrays the entwined branches of two trees. “It’s called 'Resilience' because nature seems to survive no matter what we do," Powers said. 

Legion Park in Arlington has an impressive collection of public art. At the visitors station you will find a guide to public art in the City of Arlington. www.arlingtonwa.gov


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Looks Back while Moving Ahead

It was only fitting that we chose the Blue Railroad Train song as the music for our video. This ballad was first written and recorded by the Delmore Brothers in 1933. The Brothers were from rural Limestone County Alabama and entered many local music contests in the south until they were discovered and signed by Bluebird Records.  The song has been recorded numerous times since including its most famous recording by Tex Ritter and Johnny Bond. Fast forward to its latest release in 2012 by The Cactus Blossoms from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

Country music has a long-held appreciation for sibling bands, and it seems there's no sweeter sound than two brothers harmonizing over a sad country tune. Inspired by The Stanley Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Maddox Brothers & Rose. Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have capitalized on this tried-and-true formula with their band The Cactus Blossoms.

The Cactus Blossoms - 2012

The Cactus Blossoms - 2012